Assessments and Grading

Objectives

  • To enable students to demonstrate what they know, what they understand, what they are able to do and an understanding of their attitudes.
  • To help students to understand what they need to do to improve their work and develop their attitudes in order to increase their capacity to learn
  • To help teachers improve their instruction
  • To provide regular information for parents that enables them to support their child's learning
  • To provide the management of KISC with information that allows them to make judgments about the effectiveness of KISC
  • To provide families with the information that they need to move to another school

KISC Secondary Assessment Schedule

Term 1

  • Progress reports on all new students at KISC are written and sent to parents.
  • During the term key assessment pieces for each subject are carried out and marks recorded in the homework diaries
  • Students are awarded a KISC Grade based on the key assessment pieces completed during the term and these are sent home to parents
  • Year 7-9 only Subject reports are written and sent home to parents

Term 2

  • Parent teacher interviews are held in the first half of this term
  • Pastoral care meetings are held to praise students who are doing well and raise any concerns. Parents will be contacted if there are any concerns.
  • During the term key assessment pieces for each subject are carried out and marks recorded in the homework diaries
  • Students are awarded a KISC Grade based on the key assessment pieces completed during the term and these are sent home to parents

Term 3

  • Year 10-13 only January exams are sat, grades are collected and reports written on all students for all subjects and sent home to parents
  • Pastoral care meetings are held to praise students who are doing well and raise any concerns. Parents will be contacted if there are any concerns.
  • Parent teacher interviews are held towards the end of this term.
  • During the term key assessment pieces for each subject are carried out and marks recorded in the homework diaries
  • Students are awarded a KISC Grade based on the key assessment pieces completed during the term and these are sent home to parents

Term 4

  • During the term key assessment pieces for each subject are carried out and marks recorded in the homework diaries
  • Year 7-10 and 12 June exams are sat and reports written on all students for all subjects
  • Students are awarded a KISC Grade based on the key assessment pieces completed during the term and the June exams. These are then sent home to parents along with the reports
  • Year 11/13 only Students sit the final external exams in most subjects in May and early June. These results make up their term 4 grade and will be available in early June

KISC Assessment Program

Year 7-9
Starting in 2009-10 KISC has been introducing the use of Level Descriptors for assessment in Year 7-9. This is being introduced a year at a time with all 3 grades using them for all subjects by 2011-12. These Level Descriptors are based on the UK National Curriculum Level descriptors. The aim was to come into line with best practice, to use a wider range of assessment methods and to enable students to show what they know and understand rather than just their ability for factual recall.

The levels range from 1 to 7, with 1-3 being achieved in primary schools by the average student, level 4 in Year 7, level 5 in Year 8 and level 6 in Year 9 by the average student.

Each level for each subject is accompanied by a detailed descriptive criteria indicating what the student has achieved at that level.
For ease of translation to countries where level descriptors are not known, the level achieved is translated into a KISC equivalent grade on students report cards. These grades are the traditional letter grades and reflect the expected standard for students at that stage of their education. For example in Year 7 and A* will be given to any student who achieves a level 5+ or higher, in Year 8 to anyone who achieves a level 6+ or higher and in Year 9 a level 7+ or higher.

Year 10-11
In Year 10-13 students are studying along an international education path made up of 2 facets. The first is the American High School Diploma. The second is the International Certificate in Edcuation (ICE) which students work towards in Year 10 & 11 and the AICE Diploma in Year 12 to 13. The ICE is achieved by studying a selection of subjects most of which students will sit IGCSE exams in at the end of Year 11.

Students usually study 8 IGCSE subjects at KISC in Year 10-11 as well as 5 other compulsory non-IGCSE subjects for which they receive credits towards the American High School Diploma.

Students achieve either a Pass, Merit of Distinction award in the ICE depending on the grades achieved in the individual subjects. The grades awarded in the subjects range from A* - G.
If a student achieves below an E grade they are considered to be failing a subject.
Grades are awarded each term based on in class key assessment pieces, internal and external examinations done at various points of the course. The grade boundaries are set according the specifications given in the syllabus for the individual subjects.

Year 12-13
In Year 10-13 students are studying along an international education path made up of 2 facets. The first is the American High School Diploma. The second is the ICE which students worked towards in Year 10 & 11 and the Advanced International Certificate in Edcutation Diploma in Year 12 to 13. The AICE is achieved by studying a selection of subjects most of which students will sit AS and A level exams in at the end of Year 13.
Students usually study 6 AS subjects at KISC in Year 12-13 as well as 5 other compulsory non-IGCSE subjects for which they receive credits towards the American High School Diploma.

Students achieve either a Pass, Merit of Distinction award in the AICE depending on the grades achieved in the individual subjects. The grades awarded in the subjects range from A* - E.

If a student achieves below an E grade they are considered to be failing a subject.
Grades are awarded each term based on in class key assessment pieces, internal and external examinations done at various points of the course. The grade boundaries are set according the specifications given in the syllabus for the individual subjects.

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